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Posted on May 21, 2017 9:07 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Hi all! Below is a guest post from one of our CW residents, Jonathan Miller. Take it away, Jonathan! 
 
Hello neighbors !
 
In a little more than two weeks I'll be riding in my 19th consecutive MS150 event, the 2017 Bike MS Colonial Crossroads ride. 
 
Several years ago I picked up a motivational idea from another rider; he had pinned one of those "I'm riding for" notes on the back of his jersey. He had quite a few names on his list. He even laminated it so rain, sweat, etc. would not damage his list! So I've been creating an annual riding list for several years now.
 
Please consider making a donation to the National MS Society AND send me the name(s) of family or friends living with multiple sclerosis so I can add them to my 2017 "I'm riding for" list.
 
2017 event date:  June 3-4
Donations are tax deductible within IRS rules.
Make checks payable to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
 
If you work for a company that matches employee gifts, please submit the appropriate paperwork to claim that matching gift.
 
And if you prefer real checks and snail mail, let me know and I'll send a self-addressed stamped envelope.
 
Here's the address/phone/website for the Virginia-West Virginia MS Society chapter:
 
National MS Society, Virginia-West Virginia Chapter
4200 Innslake Dr Ste 301
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Phone:  804-353-5008
Fax:  804-353-5595
Website Address:  
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/VAR
 
Use this URL for electronic pledges (requires a credit card):
 
Thank you for your support. I'm looking forward to the 2017 MS150!
 
Jonathan
Posted on March 24, 2017 10:58 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
CW Annual Easter Egg Hunt 2017
 
Saturday, April 1st
CWSRC Clubhouse parking lot
11:30 a.m. Start time
Please bring your children with baskets in hand and join your neighbors for the 2017 Cameron Wood Easter Egg Hunt!  Children ages 2-11 years old are welcome.  This is an annual event, and is always so EGGciting for the kids ;)!
If you are interested in filling Easter eggs on Wednesday, March 29, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. (drop-in anytime between), or hiding eggs, please contact Ashley Swistak at ashley.swistak@gmail.com... and don't forget to inquire about the details and incentives, this could be a really fun way to help out!
 
 
 
 
 
HOA Meeting
 
CWHOA Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, August 4th
CWSRC Clubhouse
7:00 p.m.  Residents’ Forum, 7:30 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting
 
The BOD, Board of Directors, meetings are held quarterly as necessary.  These meetings are open to all CW residents. Please be aware that all those attending the board meeting are there only to observe and not to participate. Questions and comments from residents are limited to the time on the agenda set aside for the Residents’ Open Forum.  If you plan to address the board with questions or with comments, please let us know in advance.  You may do so by contacting a member of the BOD, listed on the Cameron Wood website.
Hope to see you there!
 
 
CW ARC Requests
 
Spring is a common time for residents to improve their homes by adding new patios, porches, fences, etc.  We have project request forms available on the website at the following link:  http://www.cameronwood.com/info.php?f=fol

Please make sure that you are submitting all project requests that require approval by the Architectural Review Committee.  It is better to get approval than have to deal with making changes if the project is not approved.  Thank you!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smithfield Beginner's Day 2017- 2018
 
Thursday, April 20th
Smithfield Elementary
3200 Smithfield Church RD
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m
 
Beginner's Day for rising Kindergarteners planning to attend Smithfield Elementary is scheduled for Thursday, April 20th from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  This is a fun and informational orientation for rising Kindergarteners who will be attending Smithfield in the fall.  Parents will receive information about curriculum, scheduling, programs, and how to prepare their child for Kindergarten. Meanwhile, our future Kindergarteners will have some fun activities in the gym and in our Kindergarten classrooms. 
For more information, please contact Karen Whichard at karen.whichard@gmail.com or 704-491-8998.
 
 
 
 
Advertise with CW!
 
We offer advertising starting at only $25 for the eNews, contact the Editor today and promote your business!  Residents receive an additional 10% off!  We also offer packages for blog, web, Facebook and newsletter.  Contact the Communications Team for more details.
 
 
 
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Posted on March 13, 2017 1:49 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: Neighborhood News
Thank you note from TreesCharlotte...
 
Dear Cameron Wood community,
 
A special thanks to each of you for your participation in Saturday’s TreesCharlotte NeighborWoods event.  You are helping to expand and diversify Charlotte’s urban forest and we appreciate your involvement. 
Thank you!
 
Also, a special thanks to those who volunteered for the event, both helping to plan and run the event.  You made possible the distribution of more than 165 trees to neighborhood residents and common areas – thank you!
If you have not yet planted your tree(s) please plant them immediately.  Attached (Check the CW Blog for 'Tree Planting and Care') are proper planting and tree care instructions for your reference or check out this video
 
The keys to proper planting are:
  • Proper hole depth – the root flare, where the trunk begins to flare out to form the root structure, should be an inch or so above the natural soil line.
  • Proper hole width – the hole should be twice as wide as the root ball.  Tamp the dirt in around the tree firmly to prevent the tree from slumping.
  • Eliminate circling roots – make sure the roots are not circling.  Cut any circling roots.
  • Mulch and protect – keep a ring of mulch around the tree and protect the tree from any contact with mowers or weed eaters.
  • Water – water your tree immediately after planting and every week with 5 gallons.  Water twice a week during dry summer and fall weather.  If you don’t water your tree it will probably die.
Please take good care of your trees – they will love you for years to come.  Click here for additional tips on trees care.
 
Check out photos of the event on our Flickr account.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter to keep up with all our events.  We would love for you to share you pictures with us by tagging them #treesclt.
 
At TreesCharlotte, we are committed to continuous quality improvement – please let me know of any suggestions you have for TreesCharlotte and how your experience could have been improved.
 
And lastly, you can track our progress and future events on our web site – all events are listed on our calendar.
Enjoy!
 
Heike Biller
Events Director, TreesCharlotte
701 Tuckaseegee Road
Charlotte, NC  28208
980-253-9836
heike@treescharlotte.org
www.treescharlotte.org
Trees clean our air, reduce storm water run-off, cool our streets, reduce energy use, enhance wellness, increase property values, and give us beauty.
 
 
CW Annual Egg Hunt
 
Date To Be Determined 
CWSRC Clubhouse parking lot
 
Please plan to bring your children and join your neighbors for the 2017 Cameron Wood Easter Egg Hunt! Children ages 2-11 years old are welcome.  This is an annual event, and is always lots of fun for the kids. 
Get the most up-to-date details in the upcoming CW eNews.  
 
Email Andrew Swistak at aswistak@yahoo.com if you'd like to get involved with this event!
 
 
 
"Life is Good in Cameron Wood"
 
CW Connection Neighborhood Newsletter:  Have an announcement, neighborly note or other news item to share about your neighbors, family, or your child's athletic achievements?  How about a link to an app or blog you would like to share with your fellow neighbors? We love contributions from our neighbors!  We mail out hard copies of our newsletter 4 times a year, as well as post a PDF on the CW website. The mailed newsletter is NOT the same as the CW enews.  The newsletters contain event info, community wide info, a letter from the HOA President on the cover of each issue, and many other tidbits!
 
Service Provider Testimonials: Please send the contact information of a business you have recently been pleased with to the Editor or Webmaster.  We would like to contact the businesses who have provided our neighbors with good service to give them the opportunity to advertise with Cameron Wood and to provide coupons in turn for repeat business.
Cameron Wood Home Owners Association website and Facebook page: The very latest Cameron Wood news is always available online at www.cameronwood.com. Here you'll find news about upcoming events, crime alerts and other information from the police department, plus our CW Blog and a whole lot more!  Make www.cameronwood.com a daily habit.  LIKE the Cameron Wood Home Owner's Association on Facebook!
 
NextDoor.com: A public website used by Cameron Wood and surrounding neighborhoods for residents to communicate with one another.  Connect with CW here: Cameron Wood on Nextdoor
 
CW eNews (email notifications):The CW eNews is deliverable via email only and is NOT the same thing as the CW Connection newsletter. Typically they are sent out bi-weekly on Fridays and contain the most up-to-date event information.  We now have advertising starting at only $25 for the eNews, as well as many options for both print and web. Contact the Editor or Webmaster today and promote your business!  Residents receive an additional %10 off!
 
 
Are you new to Cameron Wood?
Check out our Cameron Wood website and learn all the ways to stay connected, be involved in the community, and so much more!
 
 
 
Be Courteous, Be a mindful neighbor...
 
As the weather continues to improve and more people enjoy the outdoors I wanted to remind residents of a few important items.

The first idea is simple:  clean up after your pets!  It's unfortunate that we have to continue to emphasize this requirement, which is both a city ordinance and a rule of common decency.

Second, it is essential that residents respect the right to quiet enjoyment of their neighbors.  Please be mindful of dogs being left out all day to bark.  Below are links to our city and county noise ordinances, and to the covenants and by-laws available to you for reference on the CW website. 
Last, please mind the boundaries between the HOA owned property and private property.  This is particularly important around the pond and ball field.  Residents should not be walking on, or cutting through, private property.

 
 
Posted on February 1, 2017 1:55 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: Informational
The following is a guest post by Chloe Pearson, a volunteer for Consumer Health Labs. We hope you found this information valuable. 
 
 
Many people with physical disabilities experience chronic pain. Besides the length of duration, chronic pain is different from acute pain in that it is characterized by signals of pain remaining active in the nervous system for months or years. As such, chronic pain takes a physical and mental toll on people.
 
Most often, chronic pain is associated with another disorder that leads to symptoms causing headaches, joint pain, backaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, sinus pain, and nerve pain. It can also result from disability-causing injuries that lead to lifelong pain.
 
Chronic pain management often includes psychological treatment, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and prescription medication. For some chronic pain sufferers, insurance becomes an issue and will not cover all of the PT, OT, and medication, which puts a financial strain on an already difficult situation. In other cases, individuals who suffer from chronic pain become addicted to prescription pain meds and face the challenges of recovery. The good news is, several alternative treatments for chronic pain are less expensive and eliminate the possibility of addiction.
 
1. Acupuncture
 
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art that has been in existence for at least 2,000 years. When people undergo acupuncture treatments, they visit an acupuncturist who inserts hair-thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body. Experienced practitioners make the process virtually painless for patients. The goal is to correct imbalances in the body’s flow of energy, or qi. Western scientists think acupuncture eases pain by affecting neurotransmitters, hormone levels, or the immune system.
 
In fact, several studies have shown that acupuncture is beneficial in relieving chronic pain. One of the latest studies comes from an international team of experts that pooled results of 29 studies involving nearly 18,000 participants, and they found acupuncture relieved pain by about 50%. Dr. Lucy Chen, a board-certified anesthesiologist, pain medicine specialist, and practicing acupuncturist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital says, “I think the benefit of acupuncture is clear, and the complications and potential adverse effects of acupuncture are low compared with medication.”
 
2. Essential Oils
 
Essential oils and aromatherapy utilize scents to treat pain. Another ancient practice that promotes health, aromatherapy is beneficial in treating chronic pain because the oils penetrate cells quickly to provide oxygen and improve circulation to inflamed joints. Some of the top essential oils for treating chronic pain include basil, peppermint, wintergreen, clove, lavender, and sandalwood.
 
  • Basil – Basil is energizing and uplifting and has anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, and decongestant benefits
  • Peppermint – Peppermint cools and calms the mind and has anti-inflammatory, gallbladder, and pain-relieving benefits
  • Wintergreen – Wintergreen increases attentiveness and has pain-relieving benefits for the neck, nerves, herniated disks, and carpal tunnel
  • Clove – Clove improves memory and aids healing with anti-aging, arthritis, and rheumatism benefits
  • Lavender – Lavender relaxes and balances the body and has anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Sandalwood – Sandalwood encourages relaxation and has additional antidepressant benefits
 
Some essential oils are beneficial for treating specific pain points. For example, helichrysum, Idaho balsam fir, spruce, and Palo Santo are recommended for joint and bone pain, while Roman chamomile, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and vetiver are recommended for muscle pain.
 
3. Chiropractic Care
 
While chiropractic care has become much more accepted as a mainstream healthcare option, it still is considered an alternative medicine. Chiropractors consider the relationship between the body’s structure and function to decrease pain. In most cases, chiropractors focus on the spine and deliver adjustments that realign the body to promote self-healing. Chiropractic care has been effective at treating lower back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel, headaches, sinus issues, headaches and sports injuries.
 
4. Massage
 
Massage is an effective alternative treatment for chronic pain that has gained the respect of the mainstream medical community as well. By one report, more than 70% of doctors have referred patients to massage therapists. Massage eases pain by increasing blood flow to sore, stiff joints and muscles that warm up from extra circulation. Some studies also find that massage releases chemicals naturally found in the body that kill pain and other hormones that relax muscles and spur feelings of calmness and relaxation. Growing evidence shows that massage helps relieve chronic pain, especially that in the lower back. One study found that massage was more effective than acupuncture for relieving back pain; 74% of patients said the massage was very helpful, while only 46% said the acupuncture was helpful in giving them pain relief.
 
5. Yoga and Meditation for Relaxation
 
Stress worsens pain, and chronic pain stresses the body; that’s why yoga and meditation practices that prompt relaxation are perfect alternative treatments. Yoga and meditation offer relaxation techniques that counteract stress and pain, and studies show that these practices result in a reduction of pain for patients. One of the most beneficial aspects of yoga and meditation are the breathing techniques. By practicing focused breathing, people move their attention to healthy coping skills and away from the pain while relaxing the mind and body and decreasing stress and pain levels.
 
If you have a physical disability that is causing chronic pain, there are several alternative treatments that are safer and healthier than prescription pain medication. Talk with your doctor and see which alternative treatment is best for you.
 
 
 
 
Posted on January 13, 2017 10:06 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
As our Annual Meeting approaches, one of the most important items on the agenda is the election of the Board of Directors. All of the details of this process are outlined in our Bylaws. But to save you the trouble of searching that very long document, here are some of the important facts you need to know:
 
  • The Board of Directors should consist of five Directors. The board can choose to increase that number to up to nine Directors by a majority vote (Article IV, Section 2)
  • All Directors must be members of the Association, and they must not be in default of payment of assessments or violation fines. They also cannot currently have a continuing violation of the Declarations, Bylaws, or rules and regulations of the Association (Article IV, Section 2)
  • Nominations can be made to the Board of Directors 30 days prior to each annual meeting. Nominations can also be made from the floor at the annual meeting (Article IV, Section 3)
 
Directors can be elected in a few different ways:
  • Secret written ballot at the annual meeting (Article IV, Section 4)
  • A majority vote at another board meeting where quorum is present (Article III, Section 7)
  • A written vote without a meeting. Written votes include fax and email (Article III, Section 10)
 
You are able to appoint another resident to vote on your behalf. This is called voting by proxy. You received a proxy vote form in your meeting notice that was mailed to you. If you need another copy, contact Henderson Properties at 704-535-1122. (Article III, Section 9)
 
A quorum is required to vote at the meeting. Quorum is 10% of eligible residents, which is approximately 80 households. In the event that we do not have quorum, the meeting can be adjourned and then immediately reconvened. At that point, the new quorum requirement is one-half of the previous requirement. This provision can be repeated until quorum is present (Article III, Section 6)
 
You can access our HOA Bylaws here. Should you have any questions regarding the election process or any other association related item, please do not hesitate to contact our management company or one of the current Board members.
 
Posted on December 21, 2016 7:10 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
The 2016 Cameron Wood Holiday Lights contest was a tough one to judge this year, and we were thankful for the new sets of eyes (from outside of CW) who helped determine the winners. Congratulations to our 2016 winners!
 
  • Best Overall – 10223 Summer House Ct – Harbin’s
  • Most Illuminating – 9200 Four Acre Ct – Vandoren’s
  • Best Traditional – 3201 Old Chapel Ln – Cordero’s
  • Best cluster/block – 3400 Block of Abbey Hill Ln
 
PHOTOS
 
Best Overall (photo): 
 
 
Most Illuminating (photo): 
 
 
Best Traditional (photo): 
 
 
The top individual houses will all receive gift cards to Lowes, and the winning group will win $100 toward a block party for their area (contact Andrew Swistak – Aswistak@Yahoo.com for details and to coordinate). There were many great houses in the neighborhood and some came really close to winning in the above categories, so be sure to check out these ‘Honorable Mentions’ as you drive/walk around Cameron Wood!
 
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
 
  • 9245 Deer Spring Ln
  • 9225 Stonecrop Ct
  • 3433 Loch Stone Ct
  • 3432 Loch Stone Ct
  • 3112 Wind Flower Ln
  • 9130 Arbor Glen Ln
  • 3207 Old Chapel Ln
  • 9229 Covey Hollow Ct
  • 9003 Warbler Ct
  • 3613 Abbey Hill Ln
  • 10023 Brass Eagle Ln
  • 9100 block of Covey Hollow Ct
  • 3100 block of English Sparrow Ln
Enjoy the holidays, and thanks for spreading cheer through impressive light displays and decorations!
Posted on December 16, 2016 11:38 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: CMPD
Read the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department December Newsletter, here: CMPD December Newsletter.
Posted on December 16, 2016 11:21 AM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: Neighborhood News
Click here to see the most up to date information regarding the rezoning and new construction plans for the Southminster Retirement Community.
 
Some residents may be affected by this construction, especially those who live on or near Winghaven Lane and Old Chapel Lane. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ty Shaffer of Robinson, Bradshaw, and Hinson P.A. at tshaffer@robinsonbradshaw.com or ?704-377-8142.
 
Posted on December 8, 2016 4:35 PM by Alessandra Macaluso, CW Webmaster
 
<3 CW is a big-hearted neighborhood! <3 We have so many charities and fundraisers going on, all organized by CW residents. We'd like to put them all in once place so everyone has a quick reference. They are: 

We will add new opportunities as they come. Feel free to email me at webmaster@cameronwood.com and I will add to the list.
Posted on December 7, 2016 1:47 PM by Alessandra Macaluso, CW Webmaster
Categories: Local Nightlife
On a recent Tuesday, I needed a night out with a friend (read: parenthood was driving me insane). We didn’t need anything particularly fancy, but we did want the essentials: good food, a bit of ambiance, a friendly atmosphere -- and a half-price bottle of wine wouldn’t hurt.
 
The question was, where should we go? South Park? Ballantyne? Call an Uber and head to Uptown? One of the reasons I love this neighborhood is because we are sandwiched right in the middle of all the hot spots. But then we remembered something even closer to home that I often overlook: Pineville. And specifically, Global Restaurant.
 
After a three-minute drive and just 2.6 miles from home, we were already parked and walking to Global. I realized during the short walk from the car to the restaurant just how charming Downtown Pineville is, with it’s corner café, vintage shops, and craft beer, set to the soundtrack of the live music coming from Global. After living in this area for over six years, it suddenly felt like Pineville had “woken up”.
 
And Global Restaurant more than adds to the charm. The historical two-story building at 314 Main Street, originally built in 1923 as a bank (downstairs) and a doctor’s office (upstairs), was renovated by Chef Bernard Brunet and his lovely wife, Shannon. (By the way, the Brunets have such an interesting story of how they met that I suggest you go there and specifically ask them to share it with you as you devour a bowl of She Crab Soup. I won’t give too much away, but what I will tell you is that “French Boy Meets Carolina Girl on Cruise Ship” could be a title for their love story.) Chef Bernard was born in Nice, France, but has spent his professional career in different regions of France, England, Russia, and eventually traveling the world on a cruise ship collecting a wide array of culinary expertise (hence the name Global), before finally settling here in Charlotte.
 
The Brunets moved Global Restaurant from it’s original location in Ballantyne to this new Pineville location, opening the doors this past June. The upstairs floor of the restaurant is more private, great for parties and events (keep a lookout for their NYE party!), while the downstairs is perfect for both intimate and group gatherings. Sit at a table with friends or to savor a cozy date night, or grab a seat at the bar and casually enjoy items from the “Bar Bites” menu. (You can see a virtual tour of the restaurant here.)
 
But back to my friend and I, and our “mom’s night out”. We sat at the bar, we drank too much wine, we talked too much, and we probably stayed a little too late. But we felt right at home because everyone working at this family-owned business was warm and accommodating, helping with our dinner selections and refilling our wine. We had the NC Trout Spread from the “Bar Bites” menu to start, which was the perfect introduction to the deliciousness we were in for.  We followed it up with the Bourride Provencal (made with Carolina shrimp) and the Maple Leaf Farm Duck, both exceptional in flavor and presentation. I’ve already bookmarked the Farro – NC Butternut Squash Cabbage Roll with parmesan broth and toasted walnuts for my next visit.
 
 
Chef Bernard uses high-quality ingredients and sources locally when possible, allowing patrons the opportunity to support local businesses on more than one level. He also changes the menu to reflect the seasons, so basically we’ll never get bored and he’s never getting rid of us. (Sorry, Bernard.)
 
 
Chef Bernard came over to say hello and later sat at the end of the bar eating a burger that honestly looked so good I almost leaned over and snatched a bite when he wasn’t looking. It’s important to note, that’s how close we were sitting. He is approachable, charming, and made us feel welcome and cared for. You can gather right away that he loves his customers and food with a fierce passion. Between he and his wife, Shannon, who was tending bar, we felt we were spending a weeknight with good friends.
 
We went back the following week (because who wouldn’t, after that first experience?), and were impressed to find Chef Bernard’s eight-year-old son, Xavier, sitting at the bar eating a delicious dinner. Possibly the truest testament to good food is to see a child enjoying it, because with children, there is no sugar coating. No one was standing over him making sure he was finishing his food, and nobody needed to, because this boy was going to town.
 
Global has officially found its way onto my radar, and the fact that it is so close to home is an added bonus. You can say it’s because of all those things we were looking for: ambiance, good food, local ingredients, friendly owners. But there is that something you can’t quite put your finger on which Global offers that keeps you coming back. Chef Bernard would likely say it is the “je ne sais quoi”. I might say it is the “black truffle sea salt pomme frites and half-price bottles of wine”. Potato, potahto
 
 
For reservations at Global call 714-835-1072 or book right on their website. Follow them for event updates and more on Facebook and Twitter.
 
Global Restaurant is a paid sponsor for Cameron Wood. Support Local and visit them for your next night out! If you are interested in a sponsored post featuring your business or service please contact our Webmaster